61 fish for July so far - Fantastic
Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far River Height:
We have had another good week with 15 fish landed comprising of 2 salmon and 13 grilse with a few more that did not hang on but these numbers continue the exceptional run of catches we have experienced over the past few weeks, 61 fish for July so far, and not only are we doing well but also the beats next to us including Upper Blackhall and Woodend which is great to see. We have all already achieved double or more than the 5 year average and we still have a third of July to go. It just shows the fish have decided to slow up in this section of the river, long may it continue. The numbers specifically for Cairnton & Middle Blackhall have not been seen like this for many years and after such a bleak time over lockdown this really helps lift everyone’s spirits and gives a brighter outlook for the future on the River Dee.
On Wednesday of this week we moved into Phase 3 of the Scottish Covid-19 easing of lockdown and so we could be a little bit more hands on with regards to photographing clients with their catches. In the past few weeks since the fishing re-opened we have tried to keep our distance as much as possible from the angler for everyone’s health and safety and it has been up to the angler mostly to take photo’s where possible of their fish. But in the latter half of this week we got some great photos of 12 year old Lewis Blair, who has been our star angler of the week. Lewis hooked and landed one salmon of 8lb and 4 grilse guided by his father, ex Tay ghillie, Mark Blair.
On Monday, Charlie Robertson had a 5lb grilse from Invercannie on Cairnton, on a size 10 Cascade and Andy Ashcroft had a 4lb grilse from Invercannie from the Middle Blackhall bank on a size 10 Ally’s Shrimp. The Cairnton gauge was at 10” and the water temp was 57f. On Tuesday, Andy Ashcroft had a 3lb grilse from Floating Bank on Middle Blackhall on a size 10 Cascade and the Cairnton gauge was at 9” and the water temp was 56f. On Wednesday, Andy Ashcroft had two grilse at 4lb and 3lb from Rockheads on Middle Blackhall, one on a size 12 Ally’s and the other on a size 12 Cascade. The Cairnton gauge was 6” and the water temp 56f. Thursday was a very warm and humid day with nothing showing, the Cairnton gauge 5” and the water temp 62f. On Friday, Lewis Blair started off his successful week from the Cairnton bank with a salmon of 8lb and a 4lb grilse from the Spout and a 4lb grilse in Glisters on a size 14 Goats Toe and his father Mark had a 3lb grilse in the Spout, also on a Goats Toe. The Cairnton gauge was at 3” and the water temp 64f. Saturday saw Lewis Blair get a 3lb grilse in Potters on Cairnton, again on a size 14 Goats Toe and Mark also had a 3lb grilse in Potters, Cairnton, on a Goats Toe . Lewis then finished his fantastic couple of days on Cairnton with a 4lb grilse in the Upper Salt Vats on a Cascade size 14 and Steve Kettlewell also landed a very fresh salmon on Cairnton of 7lb in the Upper Salt Vats on a size 14 Cascade. Over on the Middle Blackhall side Paul Sharp had two grilse of 3lb apiece from Invercannie, one on a size 12 Silver Stoat and the other on a size 12 Cascade. The Cairnton gauge was at 3 ½” and the water temp 62f.
The forecast looks showery for the start of the week and a bit of steady rain on Wednesday with showers the following couple of days and air temperatures just below average for this time of year.
We have a couple of rods available on Cairnton in week beginning 27th August as well as on Middle Blackhall. Prices currently range from £66.00 to £74.00 inc vat depending on which bank you choose.
As always Sarah is on hand 7 days a week to take all of your bookings or enquiries for fishing and accommodation at Cairnton & Middle Blackhall and she can be contacted by email or telephone. Last minute bookings are not a problem.